Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Top Afghan negotiator cautiously optimistic on peace prospects
KABUL (Reuters) - One of Afghanistan's top peace negotiators said he was cautiously optimistic about prospects for reconciliation with the Taliban and that all sides now realised a military solution to the war was not possible.
Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai also told Reuters that the Kabul government hoped to transform the Afghan Taliban into a political movement. He predicted the highly lethal Haqqani militant network would join the peace process if the Afghan Taliban started formal peace talks.
(Reporting by Michael Georgy and Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Nick Macfie)